Assessment of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in samples collected from indoor environments in South East Queensland, Australia

Toms, Leisa-Maree L., Bartkow, Michael. E., Symons, Robert, Paepke, Olaf and Mueller, Jochen F. (2009) Assessment of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in samples collected from indoor environments in South East Queensland, Australia. Chemosphere, 76 2: 173-178.


Author Toms, Leisa-Maree L.
Bartkow, Michael. E.
Symons, Robert
Paepke, Olaf
Mueller, Jochen F.
Title Assessment of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in samples collected from indoor environments in South East Queensland, Australia
Journal name Chemosphere   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0045-6535
1879-1298
Publication date 2009-06
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2009.03.057
Volume 76
Issue 2
Start page 173
End page 178
Total pages 6
Editor L.L. Needham, H. Fielder
Place of publication Oxford
Publisher Pergamon Press/ Elsevier
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject 050206 Environmental Monitoring
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
969999 Environment not elsewhere classified
920405 Environmental Health
C1
Abstract Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are compounds that are used as flame retardants. Human exposure is suggested to be via food, dust and air. An assessment of PBDE exposure via indoor environments using samples of air, dust and surface wipes from eight sites in South East Queensland, Australia was conducted. For indoor air, ΣPBDEs ranged from 0.5–179 pg/m3 for homes and 15–487 pg/m3 for offices. In dust, ΣPBDEs ranged from 87–733 ng/g dust and 583–3070 ng/g dust in homes and offices, respectively. PBDEs were detected on 9 out of 10 surfaces sampled and ranged from non-detectable to 5985 pg/cm2. Overall, the congener profiles for air and dust were dominated by BDE-209. This study demonstrated that PBDEs are ubiquitous in the indoor environments of selected buildings in South East Queensland and suggest the need for detailed assessment of PBDE concentrations using more sites to further investigate the factors influencing PBDE exposure in Australia.
Keyword Polybrominated diphenyl ethers
Air
Dust
Surface wipes
Australia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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